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RESEARCH & INNOVATION


FEATURE SPONSOR


ENSURING THE SUPPLY OF RENEWABLE ENERGY


Through its investment and engineering capabilities, Balfour Beatty believes it is well positioned to support industry plans to harvest some of the UK’s most remote renewable energy sources.


INDUSTRY CHALLENGE


The UK Government has set targets committing the country to generate 15% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020. Offshore wind makes a significant contribution in helping the UK to achieve these objectives and having the necessary infrastructure in place to connect windfarms to the onshore electricity grid is equally critical.


CONNECTING HULL & HUMBER


In 2012, Balfour Beatty was awarded a contract to design, supply, install and commission 30km of 132kV land cable to connect E.ON’s Humber Gateway windfarm (OFTO) to the UK’s electricity network at Hedon substation in Hull. The windfarm is situated 8km off the


East Yorkshire coast and consists of 73 turbines which are capable of generating 219MW of electricity – enough to power around 170,000 homes each year. In September 2016, Balfour Beatty, in consortium with Equitix, was selected by Ofgem to own and operate the offshore transmission link to E.ON’s Humber Gateway windfarm for the next 20 years. Balfour Beatty’s Power Transmission & Distribution business is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of the OFTO’s assets.


EXPERIENCE & DELIVERY


This is the company’s fourth operations and maintenance contract to provide full asset management services on OFTOs. It also marks a step change in contracting philosophy in the OFTO service sector


as they move from a deterministic approach to a probabilistic outputs based approach, challenging contractors to reduce costs through recognising efficiencies ensuring tasks are carried out more efficiently to reduce costs. With a team of specialist engineers and carefully selected strategic supply chain partners in place, Balfour Beatty will manage and operate one onshore and one offshore substation, 18km of subsea cable and 30km of land cable.


SERVICES


They will also deliver a number of services which include: operational control, safety and switching services, routine and reactive maintenance (including first response) and marine services, including personnel access and subsea surveys on both the offshore export cable route and substation platform.


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